I had the opportunity to present to two career day events recently. ASID career day for Interior Design Junior and Senior college students, and Washington Henry Elementary School Career Day. Both were extremely enlightening and the student engagement was fantastic.
What did I learn?
The Generation Effect- the many discussions I hear about millenials and their focus are spot on. There were typical questions about resume and portfolio perfection, but many more about vision and alignment. Most were focused on character and culture as primary interest for a job. One person of over one hundred asked about money.
The amazing power of youth- kids are electric, enthusiastic, and given a small moment to create, just do not want to stop. As I turned on the faucet of interactivity, I could not turn it off. Relentless new ideas could have kept me there for a full day.
I realize our clients that our mid to large businesses struggle to effectively communicate to the emerging class of creative professionals.
I realize elementary school is a great place to start preserving creativity, but wish the middle and high schools would engage similarly.
|College Design Students|
|Results of one of five sessions with elementary school kids|
I realize this sort of activity gives me crazy energy and profound reward. I should do this more often.